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Potty Gardening Club: Climbing Plants

27/05/202006:3927/05/2020 16:51Leave a Comment

Climbing plants are some of nature’s cheats and opportunists. They climb up and over other plants to reach the sunlight without wasting energy or producing their own supporting shoots. This adaptation saves the plant the effort of producing a strong supporting trunk of its own. Climbing plants grow across the ground until they come into […]

Tourists to the Potteries 1698-1933

25/05/202010:0026/05/2020 07:01Leave a Comment

We think of tourism as something that developed in the 20th century with the widespread adoption of rail, motor and air travel but for from the 17th century onward, those that had the money and leisure to do so, travelled around Britain, often keeping journals of where they visited and what they saw. Unlike other […]

Potty Gardening Club: Bees

20/05/202006:4118/05/2020 10:02Leave a Comment

Hello Potty Gardeners, We hope you have been having a go at the club’s activities and keeping busy. Thinking of keeping busy, this week we are looking at one of the busiest visitors to your garden and one of the most important. The Bee! You may be suprised to know there are over 270 species […]

Potty Gardening Club: Flowers

13/05/202006:5311/05/2020 09:54Leave a Comment

Hello again Potty Gardeners, Spring is well and truly with us! The plants are growing and flowers are beginning to bloom. People love growing flowers. We plant flowers in our gardens for colour and scent. But there is more to a flower than that. Flowers are a special part of the plant. They contain the […]

Wartime Pottery

06/05/202015:0106/05/2020 15:05Leave a Comment

At the outbreak of war in September 1939 pottery production was being scaled back. Many pottery workers were being called up into the forces, or had volunteered, while others left to do war work at the local munition factories and engineering works. While export orders declined rapidly, the British government was placing large orders to […]

Potty Gardening Club: Make a Snail Tank

06/05/202007:5406/05/2020 08:43Leave a Comment

Slugs and snails are a common sight in gardens. They are molluscs, related to clams, squid and octopus. They are important animals as they eat rotting leaves, breaking them down and returning nutrients to the soil. You can make a tank for a snail to live in so you can watch and learn about it. […]

10 Questions – The Stone Age

05/05/202011:2207/05/2020 12:20Leave a Comment

An introduction to the Stone Age in 10 questions. Watch or read this quick guide below. Hello, this is Joe from The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and for any of you who might be home schooling at the moment, or home learning, or just might be a little bit curious, here are 10 questions, […]

The Potteries: The Clue is in the Crest.

01/05/202012:3201/05/2020 12:33Leave a Comment

Stoke-on-Trent is known far and wide as the ceramics capital of the world earning itself the title of ‘The Potteries’. To this day the name remains in use despite the huge changes in both the economy and landscape of the six towns that make up the City of Stoke-on-Trent.  Few obvious signs of the locality’s […]

The Thomas Twyford Bequest of Ceramics

29/04/202010:05Leave a Comment

We are often asked what the stories are behind some of the ceramic pieces in our collections, but few people ask about who generously gave or bequeathed them to the museum. People donate items to us for all sorts of reasons, and most people only give one or two pieces, but we do have some […]

Potty Gardening Club: Leaves

29/04/202009:0923/04/2020 09:42Leave a Comment

Hello again Potty Gardeners and welcome to our second week of the Potty Gardening Club. This week we are looking at leaves. Leaves provide food for many animals, including lots of different kinds of insects, as we discovered last week. But plants are not as defenseless as you may think. In fact, leaves are amazing […]